DALLAS -- A father revealed his son, a North Texas resident, was among those on a Malaysia flight that vanished less than one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
The man was identified as Philip Wood, who was on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 when it disappeared over the South China Sea. The jet was carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The disappearance of the jet well into its flight Saturday morning has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.
His father said, "We're coping ... It's been tough."
"Philip Wood was a wonderful man," wrote Elaine Wood, Wood's ex-wife, on her Facebook page from Keller. "Although we were no longer married, he is still family. His sons and I just want peace and quiet right now."
On its website, Malaysia Airlines asked for prayers.
"It has been more than 24 hours since we last heard from MH370 at 1:30 a.m. [MYT]," read the statement. "The search and rescue team is yet to determine the whereabouts of the Boein 777-200 aircraft."
Two large oil slicks were spotted Saturday by the Vietnamese air force. There was no immediate confirmation that the slicks were related to Flight MH370, but the government said they were consistent with the kind of slick that would be produced by the jet's two fuel tanks.
After the oil was spotted, authorities suspended the air search for the night. It was to resume Sunday. A sea search continued in the darkness, the airline said.
Chris Brummitt, Eileen NG and Scott Mayerowitz of the Assoicated Press contributed to this report